The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.
The Season of Creation is an annual, worldwide celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home from September 1 to October 4. The theme for this year’s Season of Creation is “Walking Together.” Please consider the season as a shared journey to better care of creation. (via Global Catholic Climate Movement)
Actions and Activities:
September 1 – World Day of Prayer for Creation
September 2 – October 4
The National Catholic Reporter has a featured series called Francis: The Environment Encyclical. During the Season of Creation, read and reflect on Francis' own reflections and stories. Click here to view the full series of articles.
DACA: Still No Solution
One year ago, the Trump Administration announced the phase out of the DACA program. This announcement threw the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people who came to the US as children into uncertainty. In the aftermath of this announcement, Congress scrambled to put together a legislative solution to ensure continued protections for DACA recipients.
The proposed solutions and DACA protections only increased immigration enforcement (including border enforcement) and decreased protections for others, such as asylum seekers. Both the House and Senate held votes on bills this past year but nothing passed. The administration created this crisis, threw fuel on the fire, and Congress was unable to put it out. Aid came in the form of court decisions.
A recent ruling from the DC circuit court affirmed the DACA program and ordered the administration to fully reinstate the program. This implementation of this decision is pending. During this time, however, the administration is required to continue accepting DACA renewal applications. There is still another DACA case pending which is an attempt to block the government from processing any DACA applications. If the decision in this case is to halt the program, the case could then go to the Supreme Court. Call or write your legislative representatives and urge them to pass a permanent solution that does not jeopardize other migrant communities and provides Dreamers with a pathway to citizenship.
For phone numbers to Congressmen and Senators use the Capital Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
The efforts to reunite families continues although there are reports that over 500 children have still not been reunited with their families. Additionally, reports continue to surface that government officials coerced parents, though threats and intimidation, into waiving their rights to reunification in order to deport them. Click here to read the report. (via Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach)
The Brady Campaign
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence offers a three point plan — focusing on:
Learn more about background check legislation (Bipartisan Thompson-King Bill). Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) also introduced S.2009 to expand Brady background checks for virtually all gun sales in the United States. Learn more about the Brady Background Check Expansion Act.
Extreme risk laws have the potential to save lives. However, the myths regarding these laws get in the way of the facts. Read more about facts and myths.
Did you know that 8 kids a day are unintentionally shot or injured? Let’s end Family Fire, learn more here.
Recently Pope Francis announced that the Death Penalty is no longer admissible. He stated: “All human beings are created in the image and likeness of God, and the dignity bestowed on them by the Creator cannot be extinguished, even by grave sin.” The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the announcement. Read more about this announcement. The Catholic Catechism has been revised. Read this historical revision.
The Catholic Mobilizing Network that has been working diligently to end the death penalty in the United States applauds the Pope’s announcement and invites citizens to take one more step in building a culture of life by taking the National Catholic Pledge to end the Death Penalty.
The Catholic Mobilizing Network offers a prayer that can be said daily. Click here for the prayer card in English and Spanish.
Each month the IHM Sisters of Monroe, Michigan provide an action focused on the prevention of gun violence. This month the focus is on saying NO to grants that would arm teachers.
“Last month, the New York Times reported that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering letting states use funds from Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants, also known as Title IV, to arm educators. Congress and federal agencies have historically blocked federal dollars from being used for guns in schools, but Title IV doesn't explicitly ban weapons purchases. Title IV grant money is supposed to be used for three important goals: “providing a well-rounded education, improving school conditions for learning, and improving the use of technology for digital literacy.” According to the Education Department, “gun purchases could fall under ‘improving school conditions.”
Sign a petition opposing this plan. Then, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-240-9691 and let us know that you took action so that we can tally this month’s efforts. Please share this announcement with your family and friends and invite them to join you in taking action. Our goal is to get 90 people taking action this month for the 90 people who are killed each day in the United States by gun violence.
Click the link below to view the third series of 100 Days of Prayer designed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.
September 9 - 15, 2018
September 16 - 22, 2018